Stripes are one of those rare things in interiors: a style that will never go out of fashion, and that will always give off an air of relaxed sophistication whenever used!
Decorating with stripes isn’t as difficult as you may think and you don’t have to make a big commitment to stripes to still have an impact on a room. Stripes create character and dimension and are a way to a hint of fun.
Whether traditional or unconventional, stripes—especially on walls and floors—promote order. They have an almost architectural power to redirect the eye and reshape a space. In smaller doses, like on furniture or accessories they are low-risk and easy to incorporate into any type of room.
7 Stipe Styling Tips
- Use high-contrast stripes in unexpected spots. Use strong colours in small areas. If you’re afraid to commit to a large space, a hallway or downstairs cloakroom is a great place to experiment. People tend not to stay long in these spaces so the look doesn’t become tiresome or overwhelming.
- Match the size of the stripes to the size of the room. In general, the larger the space, the wider wall stripes should be. Thin stripes can look too cluttered in a large room, while wide stripes can lose their impact in a small space.
- Blend striped, floral, and solid accessories. A foolproof recipe for throw pillows: Put together three or four designs that are clearly distinct but share a palette. Try a wide stripe, a narrow stripe, a dainty paisley, and a solid. The effect is cohesive, with just enough randomness to feel homey.
- Blend Flat & Glossy. Subtle techniques like alternating flat and glossy stripes can add perceived depth and dimension to a room without being overly bold or confrontational. They are elegant and classic and work well in traditional spaces.
- Mix Wide & Skinny. Mixing wide and skinny horizontal stripes work well on the walls of children’s rooms or less formal rooms. They create a very playful look.
- Start with the floors. Floors are terrific places to include stripes. Striped area rugs add a great graphic element. If you don’t want a large area covered, try a runner, a doormat, or layer a small area rug over another existing rug.
- Accessories. If you’re nervous about decorating with stripes, start small. Including a striped vase, lampshade, or other decorative element can be a super way to introduce the pattern into a room.
One of the best things about stripes is that they’re versatile. They can be elegant when they’re tone-on-tone, or wild when they’re bright and bold; classic when the stripes are the same width, and modern when they’re all different.
Whether you use them in a traditional way or in a totally modern and contemporary way, decorating with stripes is a great way to bring some order to your space. They have the power to reshape a room depending on how they’re used, and they add a crisp, polished element to a space. Best of all, stripes mix beautifully with solids, florals, and other patterns meaning they can be used just about anywhere.
Here are some of our favourite ways to incorporate them to your contemporary décor. Stripes work anywhere and everywhere. Here are just a few places:
Walls – Pillows – Rugs – Lampshades – Ceilings – Window treatments – Dishes – Bedding
Vertical or Horizontal?
Traditionally, vertical stripes have been the common way to go. They create the illusion of height thus making ceilings appear higher than they truly are. A tone-on-tone colour scheme (like cream with white, or a matte and glossy version of the same colour) creates a soft look that is classic and beautiful. As colours become more contrasted the look gets more powerful.
Horizontal stripes are a little more edgy and modern than vertical stripes. They make rooms feel wider and can elongate spaces. Horizontal stripes are also often considered more playful – when used in a variety of colours and widths, they feel bold, fun, and fresh.
Stripes can be incorporated into any style or size of room. They can be used in large doses or small, and they can work with just about anything. If you want to add some pattern to a room but you’re unsure of where to start, stripes are always a safe bet.
A look back at stripes in our homes for the last few decades…..